Written By: Rosie Riott ~ @rosie_riott
My boyfriend, you see, is a photographer, a filmmaker of sorts, and a very particular one at that. So while bicycle touring, it isn’t a rarity for us to make pit stops in just about every camera shop he sees fit. Today, while testing out gimbal after gimbal, camera lens after camera lens, tensions were at an all time high. Yeeeeah, that happens when you spend every second of everyday with a person for NINE MONTHS!
So, we’re sitting in this camera shop, right? All of a sudden he turns to me, while stammering in frustration, and says, “Stop staring at me! God!”
I tell you what.. That remark alone immediately stopped me in my tracks. Perplexed, I thought to myself, “Wow! That was really unexpected! I didn’t even realize I was doing that..” In my eyes, I was simply admiring his focus, and well.. What’s that thing called? Passion? Oh yeah, that!
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved to watch people, their mannerisms, their body language, their ability to communicate feelings without speaking, but passion? That I absolutely adore! There are very few things I can honestly say I’ve ever been more fascinated by. To watch that light in their eyes beam with vision, to see every little click from every little mechanism in that big ol’ brain of theirs connect every little piece as if it were a puzzle being completed. It’s like watching a maestro conduct an orchestra. It’s beautiful!
When it comes down to it, I’m not very vocal, just precisely observant. I'm introverted. I’m a writer and I express myself differently, but I do find it very important to consistently surround myself with creative visionaries. It keeps me on my toes and inspires me to keep creating, to keep writing, to keep pushing! Thankfully, my partner in crime happens to be one of these people. Every time he picks up a camera, hell, every time he’s in production mode, it intrigues me even more and gets my personal creative juices flowing.
What I’m saying is, if you find yourself bored and uninspired, maybe you ought to take a look at your surroundings. If the people around you lack passion and enthusiasm, how are you to even know that you want more out of life? How will you ever be able to think outside of the box when you and everyone else around you are too busy living inside of it?
If I were you, I’d find my tribe, and I’d keep them close. Never let the fear of failure stop you from trying something new or different because on the days you really want to say “fuck it” and quit, your new tribe will show up and probably tell you you’re being stupid and to keep fucking going because DUH, it’s all in yo’ head!
Anywho! Stay inspired and always stay passionate! Then share it with the world because you never know who it might help!